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Two Women Leaders from Different Worlds Face-Off

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Dark clouds threatened as I entered the Rubin Museum in New York City on June first to hear two icons from two very different worlds –Gloria Steinem, the writer, activist and leader of the feminist movement, and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, who at the age of 20 became one of the first westerners to be ordained as a Buddhist Nun. In 2000, she started the first Buddhist Nunnery for girls.

Paying Homage to a Great Female Leader Who, By the Way, Was a Physician

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Bernadine Healy was determined, independent and driven to make a difference. She could have had a nice cardiology practice but instead she chose to take on the establishment in at least two of her most important roles. The first was as the first woman to lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1991-93, and second, as the first physician to lead the America Red Cross. WLE is saddened by the loss of this great woman, who passed away August 6th, at the young age of 67 from brain cancer.

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If You Don't Ask. Getting the Business Help You Need By Judy Katz

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My sweet little grandmother used to advise me all the time, 'Judy darling, remember: If you don't ask, you don't get.'. For too many years I did not take Grandma's sage advice. Building my business, I was busy being all things to a small group of people (clients, family, friends) and some things to a larger group of people (everyone else), with little left for myself. Admitting that I couldn't handle everything myself? Not this juggling fool.

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Authenticity: How Women (and Men) Can Win in 2.0 Business World

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I had the pleasure of speaking at the informative Bubble2Boardroom Conference in NYC last week - produced by top career development coach Dani Ticktin Koplik and held in the rather stodgy NY Athletic Club. The Club, which used to be "men only", has not only opened its doors to allow women, but seems to have 'slightly' loosened the reins on its strict rules. When a historic club like NYAC shows flexibility, it's a sign that the business world is changing. I say this from experience.

Wear Red Feb. 4 - Show Your Colors!

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Color sends a powerful message, especially when used in marketing or promoting ideas, products or services. Be aware that those Crayolas of childhood can be a weapon or a magic wand…predisposing us to accept or reject the messenger. The color RED is particularly strong in sending messages. Symbolically, it can communicate many things and many conflicting ideas. I think of RED as the leadership color, but that can be good or bad.

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The Magic of Steve Jobs

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Does Steve Jobs have a magic wand? With the news that Steve Jobs is stepping down as APPLE CEO, journalists and business bloggers, like me, are commenting in droves about the magic he created at APPLE. It does seem like Jobs has supernatural powers to be able transform an entrepreneurial venture into the number one brand in the world, producing products that have changed our lives dramatically.

Authenticity: How Women (and Men) Can Win in 2.0 Business World

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I had the pleasure of speaking at the informative Bubble2Boardroom Conference in NYC last week - produced by top career development coach Dani Ticktin Koplik and held in the rather stodgy NY Athletic Club. The Club, which used to be "men only", has not only opened its doors to allow women, but seems to have 'slightly' loosened the reins on its strict rules. When a historic club like NYAC shows flexibility, it's a sign that the business world is changing. I say this from experience.

The Party is Just Starting for UN Women

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The launch of UN Women in the UN General Assembly Hall this week, February 24th, felt like a celebration. There was indeed a reason to celebrate. Who wouldn’t celebrate the vision set forth by the United Nations for global gender equality and the empowerment of women. The leaders and celebrities participating in the program were impressive.

Yes, Virginia, You Can Get Business with Social Media

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Now I'm convinced. After attending the Women's Leadership Exchange Conference in NYC this week - yes, our very own conference - I heard enough from experts and REAL business owners to know that social media marketing is a critical part of the integrated marketing strategy. It needs to be added to the marketing mix like advertising and PR. But you need to know how!

Small Business Saturday: Join the Movement to Drive Business to Small Business:

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No matter how much we have been impacted by the economy, we’ll all be out shopping for holiday gifts. But before you match your shopping list to your choice of retailers – online and off – think about how your purchases will impact the economy. Small business is the lifeline of our local economies. Small businesses have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually over the last decade; and represent 99.7 % of all employer firms (according to the SBA).

Are you Voting for the Women?

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In one of the most contentious political years ever remembered (by me), we have tea parties shouting down latte drinkers, broadcast’icons’ blasting lies and innuendos over the airwaves and politicians and supporters riling up hundreds of thousands through accusations never proven. Some may consider this exciting. But for me it’s exhausting.

Relief At Last? Small Business Jobs Act Signed by President

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The top 10 songs for small businesses may be changing. Up until now, the most popular song was the Rolling Stones’ "I Can’t Get No Satisfaction&#. This week it may be “The Climb&# by Miley Cyrus. Throughout this recession, America’s small businesses have found it difficult to get credit. It’s true that the government allocated stimulus money through the Small Business Administration (SBA) early on, but few banks were in a lending mood.

What's Happened to America? Huffington's "Third World America" Warns of the Worst and Offers Solutions - Share Your Story at [link] - Help America & Small Businesses!

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Here I sit, working on the weekend, as usual. (It It takes 24/7 to keep going in 2010.) But today I’m not doing my normal work. I’m reading Arianna Huffington’s latest book “Third World America,&# which is riveting. Reading this book is like reading a dramatic fictional best-seller. But unfortunately, it is non-fiction. Arianna documents how America got in the current economic mess, with flashbacks into historic recessions and how leaders were able to turn them around.

"Big Brother" Proves Bully Bosses Don't Win on TV or in the Office

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It’s a little embarrassing to share my addiction to “Big Brother&# – the summer reality show on CBS that drops 14 strangers or houseguests into a fake house on a TV set for 3 months to compete for a $500,000 prize. I could blame my addiction on my husband, but I have to admit I’m hooked.

What Business Women Can Learn from George Steinbrenner

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Yes, I am a Yankee fan. I follow every game. I read the sports page. Well at least the stories about the Yankees. I love the players. And I have always been fascinated by George Steinbrenner, owner of the most successful franchise in baseball history., the Yankees. His passing this week truly saddened me. He was a man that left a true legacy. A man from which women leaders can learn a bit about leadership.

What is Your New Business Model for 2010?

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For many of us in the world of business, and particularly business owners and leaders, 2009 was a year to which we are thrilled to say "adieu." Now that we're 4 months past it, I can stop being angry at 2009, and take a moment to say thank you for all that I learned from it. I don't know about you, but I?ve ve gathered up all that learning and am applying it to our business in the new decade. What did I learn? Most important of all - I learned to be willing to change my company?s

Women's History Month: Acknowledging Six Women Named Alice

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Recently I went to see Tim Burton?s s film ?Alice Alice In Wonderland.? Much has been written about the Johnny Depp ? Tim Burton collaboration, the film?s s record-breaking $116 million debut, and its 3D presentation. But little has been written about Alice, After all, isn?t Alice in Wonderland? all about Alice? Linda Wooverton wrote an inspired screenplay that glorifies Alice?s s independence, her adventurous nature, courage and what the script calls her muchness.

It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day, It's a New Life For Small Business. and I'm Feeling Good

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If you haven?t t listened to the song ?Feeling Feeling Good? recorded by some of the greatest singers from Nina Simone to Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble,, it?s s time to go to You Tube and listen again. d like to make it the theme song for America?s s small businesses this year. President Obama?s s new focus on small business in his State of the Union address makes ?a a new dawn? possible. It took the Administration a year to finally figure out what most of us have known. America?s

A Dream of Change: Guest Blog from WLE Growth Guru Jewel Daniels

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A DREAM OF CHANGE, A FUTURE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT… ONLY ACHIEVED THROUGH A LIFE OF SERVICE. By Jewel Daniels. Thank you to the Martin Luther King Jr. observance day committee for allowing a me, a woman whose roots run through the south and across the waters of the Caribbean to find her way in the company of such phenomenal, giving and committed professionals. It is a brisk and rainy morning, one of which many chose to stay home but you chose to be here.

The People of Haiti Need Us

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I am watching the evening major network news coverage of the terrible crisis resulting from the earthquake in Haiti. It's a tragedy. And we must not shy away from watching it. The recession is nothing compared to the images you will see. Aid is coming in droves.especially from America. It is hopeful. But we need the Star Trek transporter to get what Haiti needs as fast as it is needed.

Two Ideas to Lift Your Spirits & Business UP

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This time between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays can be wonderful or extremely challenging. This year most of us are experiencing "challenging" So far the shopping reports say spending this past weekend was UP a little from last year, but the per person purchases were DOWN. So how do we focus on the UP and not the DOWN? Sometimes it can be exhausting staying positive to attract good things in your business and your life. So WLE has 2 UP ideas for you.

Learning Leadership from the New York Yankees

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m in ecstasy. My NY Yankees won the World Series. And they did it 9 minutes before my birthday. I got the best birthday gift money can?t t buy. My happiness caused me to reflect about why I love the Yankees so much. The answer popped ino my head - because of their leadership. Okay, I am a leadership fanatic, maybe not as much as a Yankee fanatic, but, I am obsessed with always looking at why and how people lead.

Change the World by Changing the Gender Gap

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Mathematics and statistics used to be boring to me. Then, my husband introduced me to the TV Show ?Num3rs,? Num3rs,? which is about how mathematics helps solve crimes. s an engaging show, based on true stories, about 2 brothers, one a mathematician and the other an FBI agent, who combine their work effectively to successful solutions, even sometimes saving lives. Recently ?Num3rs? Num3rs?

Reinventing How You Sell

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Recently I attended a workshop presented by Tony Smith, CEO of VSA Consulting Group,one of the best business coaches I've ever had. Tony had a tremendous impact in my growing my marketing communications company prior to my founding Women's Leadership Exchange. He also gave me the tools I needed to realize my dreams of impacting the growth of women-owned/led businesses which resulted in the creation of WLE. If Tony is presenting, I never want to miss it. I always gain tremendous value.

Do Women Know Their Place?

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Today's headlines reminded me AGAIN that things are far from equal in the power suites of America. What's worse is so many men are not even aware of the language they. It just comes naturally to them. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was told by the National Republican Congressional Committee that she needed to be put "in her place"for her views on Afghanistan. I'm sorry to say I remember being told that on various occasions when I was growing up.

It Seems We All Need Anger Management

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After writing in my blog about Serena's on-court outburst and post-apology, it seemed everything I read is about yet another celeb or high-profile person flaring up with anger! We all know it started with Joe Wilson on the floor of the house during the President's speech. Then it was Kanye West grabbing the mike and rudely interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech claiming Beyonce deserved to win more. Of course, the media was abuzz about Jon saying he despised Kate, mother of his eight kids.

Serena Williams Grand Slams An Apology

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If you are a tennis fan, you probably didn't miss the surprising scene on the courts of the US OPEN during the women's semi-finals. If you are not a fan, you missed seeing one of the world's greatest tennis players, Serena Williams yell at a lineswoman when she didn't agree with a call at a most critical moment. Serena didn't just yell, she volted electricity right through the TV screen. This morning, the sports page reported Serena's apology. This was good news for leadership.

Where Do You See Leadership Today?

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Yesterday, I noticed leadership all around me. Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat on the Supreme Court. President Obama gave an inspiring speech to school children. Ambassador to Afghanistan Eikenberry told President Karzai not to declare victory without certification among rumors of vote-rigging. But perhaps the most striking examples of leadership I experienced yesterday was in the "Anatomy of Leadership" class I was invited to attend at the College of Westchester in White Plains, NY.

Can Confusion Lead to Clarity?

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Is it just me, or do you feel in the midst of a world of confusion? Nothing seems to be as we believe it should be. Just when you think you may be able to get control, the rug gets pulled out from you. Some economists report that we are pulling out of the recession, yet few are shopping and people's pockets are empty. Small businesses are struggling to stay alive. Even the weather has us off balance - Okay, enough sturm and drang! How do we get clarity out of this confusion and. emotional upset?

Are You a Leader?

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I awoke early this morning my head singing the hit song"Tonight's going to be a good night." A strange song to awaken me, yet a good one.a good good one. I internalize it as meaning "today's going to be a good day." I get up with a smile, do my affirmation for the day and then notice the book "True Prosperity"by Yehuda Berg from the series "Kabbalah and Business". I open the book to the sub-chapter "Leadership is Contagious."

Hooray Sonya and What About Evelyn Stevens?

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While we are celebrating the confirmation of Sonya Sotomayor, take a moment to learn what another woman is doing. Evelyn Stevens was working her tail off on Wall Street, a venue that doesn't appreciate the contributions of women, when she opened her mind to a new possibility! She bought a bike to relieve her stress and stay fit and in little more than a year she transformed herself into a serious cyclist.

Let the Fireworks Start Now

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This has been quite a news week - the passing of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon. Just yesterday Sarah Palin resigned. The unemployment numbers went up.not down. There's a lot to be sad about. So let's mourn, be angry, and get it all over with.cause we can't afford to stay in that space. We will not move our businesses forward, nor help our country get out of this mess, if we are in the. whoa is me" mood.

Let Your Mind Wander for Your Next Aha

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First, thanks for all the great comments on my last blog about the letting the joy of our personal lives interrupt our businesses. And I can't wait to hear more about. Judy George's latest exciting venture in home furnishings that she shared in her comments. which leads me to today's blog. After a personally crazy week of the WLE Fort Lauderdale conference (wow, what great S. Fl women), a DC Advisory Board meeting of the extraordinary Center for.

In the Midst of Work.Life Happens

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I don't blog much about my personal life, cause it's my personal life.and like most of you, I want to keep it separate from the 24/7 work life we all live. But I am so excited that I am compelled to share my PL on my blog. My son Josh is getting married this weekend. I'm thrilled for him and his bride to be Cori. They've known each other since college and are finally formalizing their commitment to each other. I'm delighted that there will be a fabulous celebration to mark the occasion.

Thinking Positive Yields Good News

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You may laugh at "The Secret" but I don't. If you're a skeptic, you might want to reconsider.

Small is Powerful

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After a hard day's work, I like nothing better than unwinding with a glass of wine and watching "American Idol" I love see non-celebs get their chance to courageously sing their hearts out to 10 million people on live TV, with the possibility of becoming a big star. Since it's one of the top shows, obviously others share my passion. What do I love about American Idol? It's a simple, and it's a "small" idea. "Small"

Expert Advice: Win By Taking Responsibility

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I'm working on WLE's newest soon-to-be launched leadership program and in so doing, I'm reading everything relevant I can get my eyes on.Knowing my thirst for leadership material, WLE Cofounder Andrea March gave me a copy of a summer '08 Leader to Leader Institute publication. I was totally engaged by an article written by the brilliant Rosabeth Moss Kanter, prolific writer and Harvard leadership professor.

Solution to U.S. Economic Recovery: Business Ownership

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There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel - or at least a twinkle of hope. And we're determined to turn it into a starry night! Much like Santa's workshop a week or so before Christmas, the elves - or should I say the entrepreneurs - are busy at work. What are they doing? Coming up with new ideas for doing business differently. Uncovering new revenue streams. Exploring ways to work with their competitors. Wow, exciting times are afoot!

Obama Calls OUT Entrepreneurs

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We all heard the President's Address last night. I listened especially carefully because CNN invited me to comment live on-air on "American Morning" this am. I was smiling during most of the speech because I liked what I heard and also, because I was happy to be going on CNN. With the new Administration - transparency is the new policy. So I am being transparent, too. I was happy to get the opportunity on CNN to remind the world that it is small business that drives our economy.

Contact Your Representatives

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Women's Leadership Exchange was included at the table Friday, when I was invited to DC to hear a briefing about the Economic Recovery Act. I then witnessed President Obama signing an executive action officially creating the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a cross-section of smart government outsiders, including small business owners, advocates for business and labor, Republicans and Democrats, appointed to keep an eye on all things related to the economic - a group that has the President's ear.